Titans of video game music to sign autographs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 25, 2006 - JMP Productions announced today that renowned video game composer Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese/American singer and songwriter Angela Aki and Grammy Award-winning maestro Arnie Roth will participate in an in-store autograph signing event at the Tower Records N. Clark Store in Chicago on May 26, 2006 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event takes place as part of the promotion for the premiere of the world tour of "PLAY! A Video Game Symphony" at the Rosemont Theatre on May 27, 2006 and to promote the CD album "More Friends - Music from FINAL FANTASY®," the first truly symphonic live CD of video game music ever recorded outside of Japan.

"Chicago-area fans of video game music are eagerly anticipating the weekend of May 26, 2006", says Jason Michael Paul, producer of PLAY!. "Now they can meet Nobuo Uematsu, Angela Aki and Arnie Roth at Tower Records on Friday night and then attend an amazing live symphonic concert showcasing their work on Saturday evening."

Composer Nobuo Uematsu is especially well known for his work on the FINAL FANTASY® game series. His music has been performed in concerts all over the world, including in "DEAR FRIENDS – music from FINAL FANTASY®," a six-city, seven-show series in Japan which was followed by a North American performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

In 2005, Angela Aki's debut CD, ONE, caught the attention of composer Nobuo Uematsu. He commissioned her to write the theme song "Kiss Me Goodbye" for the latest game title in the series, FINAL FANTASY XII®. Being bilingual, Aki wrote the lyrics for both the Japanese and the English versions of the song. Earlier this year, she performed the music at a concert in Japan, "VOICES - music from FINAL FANTASY," conducted by Arnie Roth, the principal conductor and music director of PLAY!.

Arnie Roth is a Grammy Award-winning artist known for his work with performers Diana Ross, Charlotte Church, Peter Cetera, Art Garfunkel, the Irish Tenors, and Dennis DeYoung. He also has been a long time member of Mannheim Steamroller. Roth served as the music director and conductor for the "Dear Friends" and "More Friends" concerts. Roth has produced and conducted music for many films, and has produced dozens of best-selling CDs, released on American Gramaphone, JVC, Mattel, Warner Bros., Sony, Koch, and Razor & Tie. He received the award for Best Score at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards.

Tickets for the world-premiere of PLAY! are available at the box office, Ticketmaster locations, by credit card at 312-559-1212 or on the internet at www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1009980.

Additional tour dates including ticket information are available at the official PLAY! website at www.play-symphony.com/tickets.php. So far, PLAY! concerts have been announced for Chicago, Stockholm (sold out), Detroit, Philadelphia, Vienna (Virginia) and Toronto.

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